M. Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messallinus : un noble sous les Julio-Claudiens

Abstract : M. Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messallinus came from one of the most prestigious families of Rome, the patrician gens of the Valerii. He was the youngest son of Messalla Corvinus (cos. 31), a figure symbolic of the triumvirat period and the emergence of the Principat. Cotta had another symbolic heritage, since he was adopted by a member of the plebeian nobilitas, Aurelius Cotta. This nobilis is thus strongly marked by a Republican culture, but existed in the Julio-Claudian era. This investigation looks at the identifying features of the nobility of this figure, and its evolution in relation to the Republican era. Some aspects are perpetual, like the name or the wealth, while others were altered by the coming of the Principat regime. Political codes were transformed and in order to remain within the circles of power, it was better to be close to the emperor, like Cotta, one of the amici of Tiberius. However, the breakdown of these identifying features seems to be restricted mainly to the political domain.
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Cyrielle Landrea. M. Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messallinus : un noble sous les Julio-Claudiens. Mélanges de l'Ecole française de Rome - Antiquité, École française de Rome, 2011, 123 (2), pp.557-579. 〈https://journals.openedition.org/mefra/447〉. 〈hal-01830448〉

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